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It has taken forever, or at least it has seemed like forever! I’ve just made this hard cover edition of Vampire: a wild story of scraps and colors available for the first time. It is a massive book with over 500 pages. It is also my favorite book of the trilogy because I think it is the most autobiographical of them all.





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Its taken a long time but I’m finally ready to do some things with the Ewers facebook page. This blog will remain what it is, about announcements and perhaps to publish short things I’ve translated. The Facebook page will be an informal discussion of Hanns Heinz Ewers and his life as I understand it. By discussion I’m hoping that there will be enough interest to keep things going.

I’m looking to publish a printed edition of Vampire in April and don’t know exactly when John will have the SideReal Press edition out. I just need to get my own out. It’s been over a year since I finished translating it.

There are lots of changes in my personal life right now and an unknown future lies ahead. I’m also looking at publishing a hard cover collectors edition of Simplicissimus, it will include the first three issues as true to the original as I can make it given that I will be presenting it as a book and it was originally a tabloid some formatting changes have been needed. This will include artwork, poems, essays and short stories. I’m hoping universities might be interested in this for their German programs as this project gets rolling.

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Its been a long time coming and finally its done! The complete uncensored Vampire book is in John Smith’s capable hands at Sidereal Press. In the meantime I’ve made it available as an ebook through Kindle at Amazon.com. Each country has its own version so go to your Amazon store and check it out. Here are a couple links just to try it out:




This has been a labor of love and I must say that it is certainly worth the wait! There have been over 150 pages added that were not in the John Day edition so you might not recognize the story when you read it.

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Those interested in Hanns Heinz Ewers will enjoy Lemuria Volume I, a collection of short stories by rival fantasy author Karl Hans Strobl.

This book contains the stories:

The Mermaid

The Witchfinder

At a Crossroads

The Head

The Repulsion of the Will

The Tomb at Pere Lachaise

The Wicked Nun

The Bogomil Stone

The Manuscript of Juan Serrano

Familiar Moves


Of these stores only “The Head” and “The Wicked Nun” were ever translated into English. As always, these are my own translations of these stories. Lemuria is too large to publish in one volume so I am publishing it in several volumes that include other stories by Karl Hans Strobl from “The Crystal Ball and other Stories” and “The Orchid Garden”.

I am currently finishing up Lemuria Volume I and should have it available by the end of February. (This month). This will include hard cover, quality paperback, epub and pdf editions.



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I’ve created several editions of Hanns Heinz Ewers Volume II including:

Hard Cover

Quality Paperback

PDF edition

Epub edition (this has a different cover to distinguish it from the PDF)

I have also corrected and revised Hanns Heinz Ewers Volume I (hard cover and quality paperback editions only) and made a hard cover available. This includes the short story Sibylla Madruzzo which is an out take of Sorcerer’s Apprentice and was published as a short story. I also changed the title of The Crucified Minstral to The Crucified Clown which is more in keeping with the story. The ebook editions remain the same.

Lastly I’ve created a bare bones quality paperback edition of Sorcerer’s Apprentice with no extra material at all other than the Mahlon Blaine artwork. The hard cover remains as the more collectable edition with the extra material. This is available in quality paperback and epub editions.

While this may make the shopping more confusing I’ve tried to specify which editions are which in the descriptions. I hope that this will satisfy more readers and allow more choice. Half of my book orders are for ebooks so this is being stressed at this time.

I am now turning my attention to finishing Vampire and hope to have it completed shortly.


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Bandel Books is pleased to announce the new publication of Hanns Heinz Ewers Volume II.

This is the second volume in a collection of short stories by Hanns Heinz Ewers and translated by Joe E. Bandel and includes: “The White Maiden”,”Eleven Thousand Virgins and the Four Holy Three KIngs”,”The Water Corpse”,”Carnival in Cadiz”,”How Eleven Chinese Devoured Their Bride”,”From the Journal of an Orange Tree”,”Of Geese, Spirits, Leeches and the Cat Organ”,”Fairyland”,”Alraune and her Chauffeur”,”The Last Will and Testament of Stanislawa d’Asp”,”Mamaloi”,”The Worst Betrayal”,”The Lost Monkey”, plus a short introduction by Joe E. Bandel.

It can be purchased as a quality paperback from Lulu Publishing:


Pdf Version here:


Epub edition will follow shortly.



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For those interested in what is new in the world of Hanns Heinz Ewers, I suggest they clink on the link at the right to “Anarchist World”. This new webpage is a type of ezine intended to widen the readership of my translations. It is also intended to take off some of the pressure to perform that I feel from always having one new book to complete by some deadline; especially when I am working two jobs and have very little time for my hobbies.

So, enjoy some previously unreleased titles from:

Hanns Heinz Ewers Volume II


The Book of Fables

Moganni Nameh

India and I

As well as contributions from:




Satan’s Children

Mia Holm

From Out of Decadence: a novel

Fire Lilly

and some of my own works.

Please think of this as an ezine that is constantly bringing new and interesting things to read. If you enjoy it, consider supporting it with a small monthly donation; the price of a cup of coffee and a doughnut! I would like to quit my weekend job so that I can spend more time writing and translating. That will require the support of others that share my dream of a free and lasting Anarchist World!

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Brevier ebook

Hanns Heinz Ewers Brevier is now available in hardcover and pdf editions. The Side Real Press limited edition is out of print after two weeks! I may have a few individual copies for sale of my own. Email me at joebandel@hotmail.com.

Hanns Heinz Ewers Brevier is available as a hardcover and ebook from Bandel Books Online.

Here is the link for the POD version:


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“Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

I am pleased to announce that my translation of Hanns Heinz Ewers “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is now available in Hard Cover, quality paperback and pdf version at lulu.com. Here is the link:


The First Volume in the Frank Braun trilogy. This is the first uncensored English translation of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. It includes an Introduction by Dr. Wifried Kugel; the poems, “Prometheus” by Goethe,and “Hymn to Satan” by Carducci; “The Satanism of Hanns Heinz Ewers”, “Duality-The Male”, “Duality-The Female”,and “Duality-Sexual Alchemy” by Joe Bandel and the complete text of “Synagogue of Satan” by Stansislaw Przybyszewski also translated by Joe Bandel.

For several years after writing “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Hanns Heinz Ewers gave highly successful lectures on “The Religion of Satan” which were based upon “The Synagogue of Satan”. His view of “Satanism” is highly different than what is popular today and shows that his belief in the future of humanity lies in the balancing of the male/female aspects within us and not in two eternal forces in opposition, good/evil. For him Satanism was the emancipation of women.

Due to the extensive footnotes/endnotes and illustrations this will not be offered in epub version. The epub version has difficulty with both footnotes and large numbers of illustrations.

On a side note, Side Real Press has the text prepared for “Hanns Heinz Ewers Brevier” which will also be coming out soon in limited edition through Side Real Press and regular hardcover at Lulu. More on this when it is available.



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The Synagogue of Satan by Stanislaw Przybyszewski 1897

Translated by Joe Bandel 2011

Part Six

The church was happily finished with nature. The hypocritical priest was torn away from his wife and began to perpetrate unmentionable sexual obscenities. His marriage was dissolved and now he began to rape and put horns on his male sheep. But, as previously mentioned, celibacy became the standard practice over all.

Now the church had to deal with logic and reason. Earlier man had been forbidden to seek after the nature of God. Now man was forbidden above all else to seek after the physical application of logic and reason.

“Every word corresponds to an idea and every idea is the essence of reality. Thus it follows that grammar is logic and logic is the true science.”

With that logic and reason was settled. If an idea was the essence of reality, then man didn’t need to see physical things at all, didn’t need to learn about them, didn’t need to observe them. Man perceived the world through his thoughts in the same way he perceived truth and reality. Everything was in his mind. Ideas were the ultimate reality.

Man gave up thinking about the physical world and with enthusiasm turned to some fragments of Aristotle that Harun al Rashid had translated into Arabic. Now man commented on poor Aristotle, wrote long commentaries on the commentaries. They mutilated the fragments, made the pagan into a Christian, and showed how he proved the divinity of Christ and his martyrdom by splitting hairs. The entire structure of Christian doctrine was found to originate from Aristotle and based on his philosophy.

An airhead from Avicenna became the prince of thinkers and both great church doctors became sterile mules. Thomas Aquinas brooded over the psychology of the angels and Duns Scotus discovered the marvelous “machine cogitationis” (thinking machine). If existence is a dream, then words are things! Beautiful! Yet even more: every combination of words represents combinations of things and their realities. Setting words together in certain sequences is called perception of reality. This logical sequence of associated words gives us the thinking machine, gives thought without thinking. Thus concluded the church.

Satan—as philosopher, he who had created the most unfathomable philosophical systems of the orient, he who delighted in the poetic subtleties of Plato, he who split the most competent heads of the good God with his Manichean heresies, smiled evilly and was amused at this child’s play.

“But how is it,” he asked with a sly wink of an eye to the church doctors, “How is it when a farmer pulls a swine to the market? What is doing the pulling? The farmer or the rope?”

An entire century painfully racked its brains over this question. Opinions were divided and the most competent athletes of lunacy could not resolve the question. The thinking machine had destroyed thought and the ability to think. The church exhaled in relief. But in that moment, just as the church thought it could proceed calmly and peacefully in its business of pulling the hide over the ears of the farmer, a fearful storm was raised.

Abelard dared utter a little, tiny thought. The idea is not real. Abstraction is not reality.

He was as beautiful and majestic as a god, according to the statement of a chronicler of the time. There was no woman in France that could resist him. He was extraordinarily learned for his time with a brilliant gift of eloquence. Abelard began to speak out as a man of men. He developed and popularized the most appalling jumble of church doctrines and came to surprising and new conclusions that threw the old doctrines of the church into the trash heap.

Anselmus had to believe in order to know. Now Abelard had to prove and understand before he could believe. The crime was not in the deed itself, but in the intention. Consequently there were no sins that came out of ignorance or habit. What was original sin? No sin at all, only a punishment. But what of the entire work of salvation? That was an act of love. God wanted to establish the law of love and for that reason he sent his son to earth.

That was a terrible heresy for the time, but Abelard’s philosophy spread with an unusual swiftness over entire Europe. The prime intelligencia of his time sat at his feet, from which later emerged two popes, twenty cardinals and fifty bishops. This new churchly philosophy penetrated into the populace. Abelard taught unceasingly that everyone had to interpret divinity according to their own understanding. With one stroke the spiritual power of the church was broken. All the people began to discuss sacred things. They began to form their own conclusions. Great and small, educated and uneducated, even little children violated the sacred sanctuary and the secrets of the church.

St. Bernard of Clairvoux lamented in his denunciation of Abelard, “Irredetur simplicium fides, eviscerantur arcana Dei, quaestiones de altissimus rebus temerarie ventilantur.” (The faith of the morally simple people is derided; the secrets of God eviscerated and questions concerning the highest things are frivolously discussed.)

Arnold of Brescia, Abelard’s most gifted student, leaned against the papacy. He wanted the church to return to the form of the first Christian congregations. With wild enthusiasm the people listened to his teachings, that the power of the church should only be spiritual, as Christ had wanted it and for the first time the unheard of battle cry resounded, “Rome must be free!” Pope Lucius II was killed and his successor, Eugene III had to flee in order to escape the vengeance of the people.

The kings of Castile had the entire works of Aristotle translated and in its wake came the Arabs and the Jews with the pantheism of Averroes and the subtleties of the kabbalah. Under the protection of Emperor Fredrick II, Arabian doctors dared the unheard of—to cut open a human corpse. And Frederick II, debaucher and atheist, a witty and refined philosopher—with a big grin—asked the Muslims, “My dear Gentlemen, what do you think about God?”

A spirit of skepticism and unbelief seized all the people and the “I” was brought to the fore with drunken enthusiasm. To be able to prove everything and at the same time refute it, that was considered the highest philosophical art. Simon de Tournay suddenly cried out after brilliantly laying bare the essence of the Christian doctrines, “O pètit Jèsus, petit Jèsus, comme j’ai èlevè ta loi! Si je voulais, je pourrais encore mieux la rabaisser!” (O little Jesus, little Jesus. How I have fortified your teachings! If I wanted to, I could refute them even better!)

Richard the lionhearted declared himself a brother-in-arms with the Sultan Malek Adhal and offered him his sister for a wife. Henry II, king of England, threatened the pope that he would become Muslim and King John charmed everyone with the most beautiful jokes about his excommunication.

The people of the twelfth century paid no attention to God. They believed that Christ had ruled for a long enough time already and that is was finally time for the Holy Spirit to have its turn. One messiah after another stepped up. Countless sects began to form. The people no longer sought after an external God. He was inside them and spoke through their own mouths.


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